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Theme of The Week

Do you ever find yourself encountering similar "themes" in your lives? Like, how a certain event, person, situation, idea, activity and/or thought just keep presenting themselves over and over?

A "light" example may be: I don't use Skype in my conversations. I just don't know that many people in "real life" that are in to Skype. And yet, yesterday, Skype came up twice on two separate occasions, brought up by different people.

I know this must be happening a lot. But lately, I'm noticing it more and more.

One recurring "personal theme" I've been having lately is having to repeat the phrase: "You have to choose your battles." Nothing earth-shattering, I know. But, it seems to resonate well with the people I talk to about it. I've been saying this in the context of learning to adjust and find one's rhythm in the workplace.

You see, a lot of people seem to find it difficult to cope with stress at work. In fact, once upon a time, I was one of those people who go crazy at every little inconsitency, gossip, lack of organisation, problematic policies (or the lack of them) and/or talk about office politics. This type of attitude burned me out so quickly that by the time I reached 6 to 8 months in a job, I was almost always ready to quit no matter how passionate I was to begin with.

That's why I've always thought that freelancing/self-employment is the only thing that will work for me.

Well, I'm about to reach my sixth month anniversary in my first employed position in 3 years ('been freelancing for the last 3+ years). And, I'm pleased to say that I'm still as energised as I was when I first started. Sure, some of the gloss has already faded. And, I've already encountered plenty of the things that used to drive me up the wall so much. But, I have to say that I still love what I'm doing.

Sure, it's not all perfect. But, I think it does help to focus on the positives and just work around the challenges bit by bit. I try not to let things get me down too easily. And, I do my best to find ways to make my work fun and interesting.

Yes, I'm learning to choose my battles --- and, putting on an upbeat background music to do a little dance as I tackle each one. 🙂

And yeah, I believe that battle-choosing works for other aspects of life too.

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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